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  • COMPLETE WITH 65 PLATES IN SUPERB FULL CALF
    Les Augustes Répresentations de tous les Roys de France depuis Pharamond, jusqu’à Louys XIIII, dit le Grand. by L’ARMESSIN NICOLAS, de
    L’ARMESSIN NICOLAS, de
    Les Augustes Répresentations de tous les Roys de France depuis Pharamond, jusqu’à Louys XIIII, dit le Grand.

    Paris: chez la Veuve P. Bertrand, 1714. Full calf, 11 inches tall. Splendid full later cat's paw calf with gilt raised bands, twin labels and fine floral gilt tooled panels. Gilt dentelles and pink edges. With 65 portraits of the French kings. Some foxing to the preliminaries. Expert repair to the title page. With the bookplates of the Marquis de Biencourt of the Château de Masfaure.

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  • FULL 18TH CENTURY CALF FROM THE CHATEAU DE CIREY
    Nouvelles Exemplaires. by CERVANTES, Miguel de
    CERVANTES, Miguel de
    Nouvelles Exemplaires.

    Lausanne: Chez Marc-Mic. Bousquet & Comp, 1759. 2 volume set, 6.5 inches tall. Fine full speckled calf in pristine condition. With gilt raised bands, twin labels and floral gilt tooling to the panels. Woodcut ornaments. 13 full page engraved plates. A superb copy of a scarce edition.

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  • MOST ATTRACTIVE SET OF THIS FINELY ILLUSTRATED WORK
    Traité Général des chasses à courre et à tir. by JOURDAIN, F.X.J.
    JOURDAIN, F.X.J.
    Traité Général des chasses à courre et à tir.

    Paris: Audot, 1822. 2 volumes complete, 8 inches tall. A most attractive set in half speckled calf with gilt pallets, large blue labels and delicate gilt centre tools. Armorial bookplate. Yellow edges and interesting endpapers. With 36 engraved plates. Described by Thiebaud (522) " Un des livres de chasse les plus agréablement illustrés de cette époque". In the original French.

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  • UNIQUE BOXED SET WITH EXTRA SUITES
    Germinal. Illustré de trente compositions en couleurs de Jean Oberlé. by ZOLA, Emile. (Louise Ibels. Jean Oberlé)
    ZOLA, Emile. (Louise Ibels. Jean Oberlé)
    Germinal. Illustré de trente compositions en couleurs de Jean Oberlé.

    Paris: Javal et Bourdeaux, 1928 & 1929. 3 volumes in paper and glassine wraps housed in 2 boxes, 14 inches tall. Number 26 of 60 copies on 'Japon Imperial'. With 30 plates by Jean Oberlé in two states and with an ORIGINAL watercolour. In an extra suite are 60 etchings by Louise Ibels, all signed and a further ORIGINAL watercolour. The two wooden boxes are leather bound with gilt titles, and heavily padded and lined with watered silk. The title page is dated 1928 whereas the wrapper is dated 1929. I believe these were publisher's copies. The boxes are slightly rubbed but fully functioning, the contents are pristine.

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  • UNIQUE BOXED SET WITH EXTRA SUITES
    L’Assommoir. Illustré De Trente Compositions En Couleurs De Dignimont. by ZOLA, Émile. DIGNIMONT. COURBOULEIX
    ZOLA, Émile. DIGNIMONT. COURBOULEIX
    L’Assommoir. Illustré De Trente Compositions En Couleurs De Dignimont.

    Paris: Javal et Bourdeaux, 1931. Text and 2 extra suites housed in 2 boxes, 14 inches tall. Number 23 of 60 copies on 'Japon Imperial'. With 30 colour plates by Dignimont in the main text. With a further suite of his illustrations in monochrome. There is also an ORIGINAL watercolour by Dignimont. With a further suite of 30 original etchings by Courbouleix, each is in 2 states, monochrome and sepia. The 30 sepia etchings are all numbered and signed. The two wooden boxes are leather bound with gilt titles, and heavily padded and lined with watered silk. I believe these were publisher's copies. The boxes are slightly rubbed and the main box lacks a popper, but they both still function., the contents are pristine. A unique set.

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  • CELEBRATED EDITION IN STRAIGHT GRAIN MOROCCO BY C. LEWIS
    Les Amours de Psyché et Cupidon avec le Poème d'Adonis. by LA FONTAINE, Jean de
    LA FONTAINE, Jean de
    Les Amours de Psyché et Cupidon avec le Poème d'Adonis.

    Paris: Saugrin, L'An V. - 1797. 2 volume set, 6 inches tall. An exquisite full straight grain morocco by C. Lewis with twin blind tooled bands, beautiful gilt tooling to the panels, dentelles and all edges. The straight grain of the boards is framed within a frame of gilt and blind tooled fillets. Bookplate. 8 glorious copper engravings by Moreau le Jeune and a frontispiece portrait of La Fontaine after Rigeau. Slight rubbing to the head and tail cap and boards, and slight fading to the spine but a beautiful set of this delightful and scarce work from the original tale by Ovid, retold by La Fontaine.

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  • CELEBRATED EDITION IN SPLENDID 'GOTHIC' FULL CRUSHED MOROCCO
    Notre-Dame de Paris (The Hunchback of Notre-Dame). by HUGO, Victor
    HUGO, Victor
    Notre-Dame de Paris (The Hunchback of Notre-Dame).

    Paris: Garnier Freres, 1844. Full morocco, 10.5 inches tall. A splendid 'Gothic' binding with raised bands and blind tooling to the panels and boards. There is a recessed panel with vellum onlays on both boards with 'Paris 1844' on the lower board and 'a slightly smudged 'Victor Hugo. Notre Dame de Paris' on the upper, both with fine caligraphic flourishes. Blind dentelles and all edges gauffered and gilt. With an armorial bookplate. This is the first issue with these illustrations comprising engraved title and 54 engraved plates. In the original French. A fine edition of this classic French novel in a suitably sombre binding.

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  • SUPERB AND SCARCE SET IN HALF MOTTLED CALF
    Buonaparte, sa Famille et sa Cour. by ANONYME, (par un Chambellan forcé à l'être)
    ANONYME, (par un Chambellan forcé à l'être)
    Buonaparte, sa Famille et sa Cour.

    Paris: Ménard et Desenne, 1816. 2 volume set, 8 1/4 inches tall. A splendid half mottled calf with gilt bands, centre tools and titles. A limited edition of which this set is numbered 223. There is an ink smudge on the title page of volume 1, otherwise the set is pristine inside and out. From the library of Charles William Vane (formerly Stewart), third Marquess of Londonderry, and with his elaborate bookplate. Vane served with distinction throughout the Peninsula War. His dashing and dandified portrait by Sir Thomas Lawrence is at the National Portrait Gallery. He amassed magnificent libraries in his various Country Houses. A very fine set of a scarce work.

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  • SCARCE FIRST EDITION IN SPLENDID FULL CALF
    Mes Passe - Temps: Chansons suivies de L'Art de la danse, poëme en quatre chants, calqué sur l'art poétique de Boileau Despréaux. Ornés de gravures par Moreau le jeune, avec airs notés. by DESPRÉAUX Jean Étienne
    DESPRÉAUX Jean Étienne
    Mes Passe - Temps: Chansons suivies de L'Art de la danse, poëme en quatre chants, calqué sur l'art poétique de Boileau Despréaux. Ornés de gravures par Moreau le jeune, avec airs notés.

    Paris: Chez l'Auteur, & Defrelle & Petit, 1806. 2 volume set, 7.5 inches tall. An exquisite full calf by Bumpus with gilt raised bands, twin labels and fine gilt floral tooling to the panels. With gilt dentelles and all edges. Armorial bookplate. Portrait frontispiece and engraved plate in 3 states in volume one and frontispiece and 2 vignettes in volume two. A very fine copy of this scarce work by this celebrated French ballet dancer, choreographer, composer and playwright.

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  • DECADENT NOVEL IN SUPERB FULL CALF
    Les Amours du Chevalier de Faublas. by LOUVET DE COUVRAY, Jean-Baptiste
    LOUVET DE COUVRAY, Jean-Baptiste
    Les Amours du Chevalier de Faublas.

    Paris: Chez Ambroise Tardieu, 1821. 4 volume set, 8 inches tall. A delightful full mottled calf by Bayntun of Bath with gilt raised bands, twin labels and very fine gilt tooling to the panels. A wide gilt roll frames the boards. Dentelles and all edges gilt. Decorated with 8 engravings by Alexandre-Marie Colin, a student of Girodet. Slight rubbing to the edges and some light foxing. An exceptional set of this licentious novel.

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  • SPLENDID EXAMPLE OF THE RARE FIRST EDITION
    Question Curieuse si M. Arnauld Docteur de Sorbonne est Heretique. A Monsieur ….. Conseiller de Son Altesse l’Evêque & Prince de Liege. by QUESNEL, Pasquier
    QUESNEL, Pasquier
    Question Curieuse si M. Arnauld Docteur de Sorbonne est Heretique. A Monsieur ….. Conseiller de Son Altesse l’Evêque & Prince de Liege.

    Cologne: Nicolas Schouten, 1690. Full mottled calf, 6.5 inches tall. A splendid late 17th century full calf with raised bands and fine gilt panels. There appears to be a Royal cypher at the foot of the spine but it is difficult to identify. This is the first edition of a very scarce pro-Jansenist work. From the Library and with the bookplate of Robert J. Hayhurst.

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  • RARE LIMITED EDITION IN HALF MOROCCO
    Oeuvres Libres: Les Amies Femmes by VERLAINE, Paul. Louis Berthommé-Saint-André, (Illustrator)
    VERLAINE, Paul. Louis Berthommé-Saint-André, (Illustrator)
    Oeuvres Libres: Les Amies Femmes

    Paris: 'Disciples d'Hippocrate', 1942. Half crushed morocco, 11 inches tall. A simple binding with gilt tooled titles, fleurons and top edge. One of 250 copies on 'velin de rives', this being number 245. With 13 explicit illustrations in black and white and 12 in colour, with an extra suite of the 12 colour lithographs. A fine copy.

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  • 2 VOLUMES OF POLITICAL THEORY WITH INTERESTING PROVENANCE IN SUPERB FULL MOROCCO
    Discours sur l'Origine et les fondemens de l'inegalité parmi les hommes. Du Contrat Social ou Principes du Droit Politique. by ROUSSEAU, J.J.
    ROUSSEAU, J.J.
    Discours sur l'Origine et les fondemens de l'inegalité parmi les hommes. Du Contrat Social ou Principes du Droit Politique.

    Paris: de l'imprimerie de la société littéraire typographique, 1785. Full morocco, 5.5 inches tall. A beautiful little 18th century full morocco binding with gilt pallets, floral gilt tooling to the panels, twin olive labels and a triple fillet framing the boards. All edges gilt. These 2 volumes comprise the first 2 volumes only of a 24 volume set of Rousseau's Works but are the complete political works. There is a library ticket on the front pastedown endpaper with a crowned heraldic device with the motto 'Pax et Patria'. On the first blank an ancient inscription in red crayon reads: '#24 Bibliotheque de Voltaire. Vente de M. de Villette'. Though part of a larger set, an interesting item in itself.

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  • SUPERB CAT'S PAW CALF BY CLARKE & BEDFORD
    Napoléon en Égypte Waterloo et le Fils de l’Homme. by BARTHELEMY et MERY – (Illustrations par Horace Vernet et Hippolyte Bellangé)
    BARTHELEMY et MERY – (Illustrations par Horace Vernet et Hippolyte Bellangé)
    Napoléon en Égypte Waterloo et le Fils de l’Homme.

    Paris: Ernest Bourdin, (1842). Full calf, 10.5 inches tall. Superb cat's paw calf bound by Clarke & Bedford, one of the best firms of binders in London with gilt raised bands and splendid floral gilt tooling to the panels. Gilt dentelles and all edges gilt. Engraved vignettes and full page plates throughout. Armorial bookplate. In the original French.

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  • SUPERB FULL CALF FROM THE CHATEAU DE CIREY
    Histoire de la Guerre des Hussites et du Concile de Basle. by LENFANT, Jaques
    LENFANT, Jaques
    Histoire de la Guerre des Hussites et du Concile de Basle.

    Amsterdam: Chez Pierre Humbert, 1731. 2 volume set, 10 inches tall. A superb early 18th century full French calf with gilt raised bands, twin morocco labels and extra gilt tooling to the panels. Pink edges. Fine full page engravings throughout. Slight foxing to the title page, otherwise clean. From the library of Madame de Simiane at the Chateau de Cirey. A fine set.

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  • FINE SET IN DELIGHTFUL 18TH CENTURY TREE CALF
    De la maniere d'enseigner et d'etudier les Belles Lettres. by ROLLIN, Charles.
    ROLLIN, Charles.
    De la maniere d'enseigner et d'etudier les Belles Lettres.

    Paris: Chez la Veuve Estienne, 1741. 4 volume set, 6.5 inches tall. A lovely 18th century English tree calf set from the library of the 3rd Marquess of Londonderry, with gilt bands, labels and yellow edges. A very fine set in pristine condition. In the original French.

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  • UNIQUE BOXED SET WITH EXTRA SUITES
    Nana. Illustre de Trente Gravures Originales de Vertès. by ZOLA, Émile. Vertès. William Ablett.
    ZOLA, Émile. Vertès. William Ablett.
    Nana. Illustre de Trente Gravures Originales de Vertès.

    Paris: Javal et Bourdeaux, 1933. Text and 3 extra suites housed in 2 boxes, 14 inches tall. Number 33 of 60 copies on 'Japon Imperial'. With 30 hand coloured plates by Vertès in the main text. With 2 further suites of his illustrations in monochrome. With a further suite of 30 plates by William Ablett on Japanese tissue, each with an original pencil design in the margin. The two wooden boxes are leather bound with gilt titles, and heavily padded and lined with watered silk. I believe these were publisher's copies. The boxes are rubbed, the main box particularly so and without poppers, the smaller box, containing the suites is fully functioning, the contents are pristine.A unique set.

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  • UNIQUE BOXED SET WITH EXTRA SUITES
    La Terre. Illustrée de trente compositions en couleurs de Pierre FALKÉ. by ZOLA, Émile. FARNETI, Carlo. FALKÉ, Pierre
    ZOLA, Émile. FARNETI, Carlo. FALKÉ, Pierre
    La Terre. Illustrée de trente compositions en couleurs de Pierre FALKÉ.

    Paris: Javal et Bourdeaux, 1928. Text and 2 extra suites housed in 2 boxes, 14 inches tall. Number 22 of 60 copies on 'Japon Imperial'. With 30 colour plates by Falké in the main text. With a further suite of his illustrations in monochrome. There is also an ORIGINAL watercolour by Pierre Falké. With a further suite of 30 original etchings on Japanese tissue by Carlo Farneti. The two wooden boxes are leather bound with gilt titles, and heavily padded and lined with watered silk. I believe these were publisher's copies. The boxes are slightly rubbed but fully functioning, the contents are pristine. A unique set.

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  • SCARCE TITLE IN WONDERFUL FULL MOTTLED CALF
    Les Voyages de Kang-Hi ou Nouvelles Lettres Chinoises. by LEVIS, M. de
    LEVIS, M. de
    Les Voyages de Kang-Hi ou Nouvelles Lettres Chinoises.

    Paris: Didot, 1810. 2 volume set, 6 1/2 inches tall. Scarce utopian novel in superb full mottled calf from the beginning of the 19th century. With gilt bands, twin labels and very fine gilt tooling to the panels. Speckled edge. A neat ink owner's name 'Stewart' at the head of the first title page. A remarkable work purporting to be the travels of a Chinese explorer in Europe 100 years in the future. From the library of Charles William Vane (formerly Stewart), third Marquess of Londonderry. Vane served with distinction throughout the Peninsula War. His dashing and dandified portrait by Sir Thomas Lawrence is at the National Portrait Gallery. He amassed magnificent libraries in his various Country Houses. A splendid example of this rare and fantastical work.

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  • FIRST EDITION IN SPLENDID FULL CAT'S PAW CALF
    Recueil des Monnoies Tant Anciennes que Modernes, ou Dictionnaire Historique de toutes les Monnoies qui peuvent être connues dans les quatre parties du Monde, avec leur Poids, Titre & Valeur, Divisé en Quatre Parties ; Savoir, Pour les Hébreux, Pour les Grecs, Pour les Romains, pour les François. by SALZADE, de
    SALZADE, de
    Recueil des Monnoies Tant Anciennes que Modernes, ou Dictionnaire Historique de toutes les Monnoies qui peuvent être connues dans les quatre parties du Monde, avec leur Poids, Titre & Valeur, Divisé en Quatre Parties ; Savoir, Pour les Hébreux, Pour les Grecs, Pour les Romains, pour les François.

    Bruxelles : Bruchez Jean-Joseph Boucherie, 1767. Full cat's paw calf, 9.75 inches tall. A splendid 18th century binding in excellent condition with raised bands, label and fine floral gilt tooling to the panels. With the the bookplate of Tollemache of Helmingham Hall. 3 folding plates.

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